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Captain Thomas J. Hudner, Jr., USN, (1924-____)
Medal of Honor Presentation

Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Thomas J. Hudner, Jr., was the first Navyman to receive the Medal of Honor during the Korean War. The medal was awarded for his heroic attempt to rescue Ensign Jesse L. Brown, a fellow pilot in his squadron whose plane had crashed in North Korea. President Harry S. Truman presented the Medal of Honor to Lt(JG) Hudner in ceremonies at the White House on 13 April 1951.

This page features photographs of the presentation of the Medal of Honor to Lt(JG) Thomas J. Hudner, Jr., USN.

Other photographs of Thomas J. Hudner, see: Captain Thomas J. Hudner, Jr., USN.


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Photo #: NH 97092

Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Thomas J. Hudner, USN


Receives the Medal of Honor from President Harry S. Truman, in ceremonies held at the White House, Washington, D.C.. Among the others present were members of LtJG Hudner's family, Rear Admiral Robert L. Dennison, USN, (at left) and Secretary of the Navy Francis P. Matthews (standing immediately behind and above RAdm. Dennison).
Photograph is dated 13 April 1951.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, Naval History & Heritage Command collection

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Photo #: 80-G-708199

Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Thomas J. Hudner, USN


Is congratulated by President Harry S. Truman, after being presented with the Medal of Honor at the White House, 13 April 1951.
He received the award for heroically attempting to rescue Ensign Jesse L. Brown, who had been shot down by enemy fire near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea, on 4 December 1950.
His parents, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Hudner, Sr., are among those present.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collections

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Photo #: NH 97093

Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Thomas J. Hudner, USN


Receives congratulations from President Harry S. Truman, after he was presented with the Medal of Honor in ceremonies at the White House, Washington, D.C.
Photograph is dated 13 April 1951.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, Naval History & Heritage Command collection

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Photo #: NH 97094

Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Thomas J. Hudner, USN
(left)

With President Harry S. Truman and his parents, after he was presented with the Medal of Honor in ceremonies at the White House, Washington, D.C.
LtJG Hudner's brother is among those standing in the second row.
Photograph is dated 13 April 1951.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, Naval History & Heritage Command collection

Online Image: 106KB; 740 x 620 pixels

 
Photo #: 80-G-708202

Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Thomas J. Hudner, USN


Is congratulated by Mrs. Daisy P. Brown, widow of Ensign Jesse L. Brown, after he received the Medal of Honor from President Truman at the White House, 13 April 1951.
LtJG Hudner was awarded the medal for attempting to rescue Ensign Brown, who had been shot down by enemy fire near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea, on 4 December 1950.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collections

Online Image: 96KB; 740 x 615 pixels

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives.

 


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